Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 22, 2022

Meet the Staff

Pastor Kevin Gregory


Pastor Kevin is a new Minnesotan, having grown up in Mineral Wells, Texas, near Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with minors in History and Mathematics. He received his Master of Divinity from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Kevin’s fiancée Kate Gerike is also a pastor. She is Lutheran (ELCA), and the two met while students at UChicago. 

Kevin began as Pastor at DLUMC in July 2021 and looks forward to getting to know and serve this community.



Ministry Coordinator: Rick Pechmann                  

Rick became Ministry Coordinator in 2017. He was born in St. Paul and is a graduate of Saint Paul Johnson and Bemidji State State College. He taught in the Detroit Lakes Public School system. Rick and his wife Tracy were married here at DLUMC in 1996. He has two children and two granddaughters. Rick brings a gift of sensitivity, kindness, and compassion for people, meeting Christians wherever they are on their life journey, as he meets God in his life journey in this position.

Faith Quest Director:  Lisa Braun                        

Lisa became Faith Quest Director in 2017, after serving as Ministry Coordinator at DLUMC since 2011. She grew up in this congregation, was confirmed here and married here. As Faith Quest Director, Lisa plans and organizes all things that have to do with Thank God It's Wednesday (TGIW) ministry and the young families of the church.



Youth Ministry Director:  Jenny Alger                   

Jenny has attended DLUMC since her family moved to Detroit Lakes when she was 13 years old. The youth group at that time was led by Reva Husby (outstanding woman!) and she was invited to go with the group on a mission trip to Kentucky.  Now she has gone on many mission trips as a volunteer and as a leader. She has two children, Taylor and Tanner, both of whom are active in youth programs.  She says, "I really like to work with the youth and get to know each one of them. They make my job fun."



Choir Director:  Diane Jordan             

Diane is a Concordia College graduate and has been directing the choir at DLUMC for over 20 years.  In addition to Sunday morning musical offerings, each year she motivates this group of somewhat unsure volunteer voices into performances of cantatas for Christmas and Easter that are well-respected throughout the community.  She is a music teacher in the Lake Park-Audubon schools and gives private voice and piano lessons as well. 


Secretary and Contemporary Music Director:  Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth Ann-Livingood Kelly is a Detroit Lakes native who moved back home with her husband, Matt, in 2009. Beth grew up participating in music ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Music. She is also a Music Therapist-Board Certified. Beth feels blessed to be able to make music every week as the Contemporary Music Director for the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church. So much so, that Matt and Beth became members in July 2014. Beth loves the family-oriented TGIW Worship services every Wednesday and working on music with the children during their class time.
Now, as secretary starting in August 2020, she acts as receptionist to provide information concerning the functioning of the church, assists in maintaining financial records, church records and official reports, and provides Administrative support to the Pastor, staff, and Church committees to assure that church functions run smoothly.